How I Use It
I had a group of kindergartners who wanted to try coding. After some research, I chose to use the Kodable app on iPads with them. I was glad I did! The class set-up was straightforward and the students logged in easily. At first glance they were immediately drawn in by the colors and visual appearance of the interface. We did some logic games before using the app, so they were already familiar with following directions exactly and navigating with forward steps and left and right turns. This was helpful to build some familiarity with what they would be doing within the app. Working at their own pace, the students were able to move the puff balls through the mazes. Once they got started, they needed little teacher support as the levels build on each other in a sequential way. If you don’t have 1:1 devices, don’t worry! My students were able to share devices and take turns giving directions and navigating. The interface is intuitive so my ELL students had no trouble using the app and understanding what they needed to do.
I have only used the free version of Kodable with kindergartners. I found the app to be quite accessible and will continue to use it with even more grade levels in the future. Students learned about coding logic and sequencing including basic commands and if/then conditions. The visual interface makes it easy to use, even for English language learners or students with limited literacy. Each level builds on skills previously learned and the increase in the challenge level felt just right for my students. They needed very little teacher support once they got started.